Archive for July 2010

Morning Meeting: Ready For The Weekend

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 9:16 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- It’s expected to be hot this weekend. Maybe the hottest it has been all summer. With events like JazzFest and more people spending time outdoors, we’ll be talking about heatstroke and what you can do to stay safe on tonight’s HealthBeat.

– Speaking of JazzFest, we’ll be talking about local talent and the second stage. Who are you looking forward to hearing at JazzFest?

– There’s an arrest in the casino

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robbery from Monday. We’ll follow up with details.

– The 41st Street bridge project is wrapping up, but there’s still some work to be done. You’ll be able to drive on the newest section of the bridge starting today. Obviously, drivers will be happy, but what does it mean to businesses? We’ll have the story for you tonight.

– Wally Wingert is the voice of The Tonight Show and he’s a South Dakota native. We’ll tell you about his voiceover career. Check out a preview:

Have a great weekend!

Morning Meeting: Sorry I Was Late, Dexter

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 9:27 am
By: Karen Sherman
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I was a little late for this morning’s meeting, so sorry if this seems choppy: – The City of Sioux Falls announced more department leadership changes this morning. (This is why I was

late to the meeting.) Just last month, Mayor Mike Huether announced four new department heads, and there will be a news conference today about the latest announcement. We’ll be at the conference and have the highlights for you tonight. – JazzFest starts tonight, and we’ll tell you about parking and what organizers are expecting for attendance this year. Are you planning to go? – She was well-known throughout the Sioux Falls community and the state as a vocalist for Acoustic Christmas, but 54-year-old Doreen Pospisil, who was never a smoker, died Monday morning from Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Her story is tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND. (Here’s a story we did in October 2008 after she was first diagnosed.) – We are covering the United Way donation to the backpack program that feeds needy children in the city. (Here’s a story we did last year on the program.) We’ll have the backpack distribution schedule online with this story as well.

Morning Meeting: Wednesday Potpourri

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:27 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We’re covering a little bit of everything today.  Here’s a rundown of what we talked about this morning.

Motions hearings are under way in the Ethan Johns murder case.  He’s accused of killing Deputy Chad Mechels last March.  We’re in Parker for the story.

We checked in with several flooded communities last week, but today we’re back on Lake Poinsett.  High water and wind is knocking out walls from cabins.

There’s a vaccine for dogs that protects against a disease that can be found in squirrels.  If left untreated, this disease can be fatal.  A local vet has seen a few cases this week.  We’ll tell you about that tonight.

The Sioux Falls School District is hiring a company to evaluate the schools’ energy efficiency.  We’ll show you what they’re looking for and the potential savings from making a few changes.  Have you made small changes for your home to be a little more energy efficient?  Have you noticed a significant savings?

A ban on texting while driving goes into effect Thursday in Nebraska.  That means, four of South Dakota’s six neighboring states (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming) will have laws against texting while driving.  South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana currently have no laws against cell phone use while driving. (SOURCE:

Do you think all states should have laws against cell phone use and driving?  Do you text & drive?  How many drivers do you see texting while driving and do you notice anything different about their driving abilities?

Morning Meeting: DUI Numbers

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9:14 am
By: Karen Sherman
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After an accident on I-229 where officials say a 28-year-old woman was driving drunk and going the wrong way down the interstate, we’re looking into DUI numbers and repeat offenders. Tammy Kvasnicka was charged with her third DUI among other charges, and we’re curious about state statistics involving repeat offenders.

A couple streets are under construction starting this week, including a three-block stretch of 21st Street. That’s going on until September. Another project is on 8th Street, and we’ll tell you about that tonight.

We have details on the Sioux Falls School District’s budget plan, which includes a new opt-out.

And, if that wasn’t enough, we were joined by meteorologists Jay Trobec and Brian Karstens this morning. They briefed us

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on the risk for severe weather in the northeastern part of the state. Make sure you stay with KELOLAND TV and for the latest.

Morning Meeting: Weekend Accidents

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 9:10 am
By: Karen Sherman
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If you hadn’t heard, authorities believe they have arrested teen fugitive known as the ‘Barefoot Bandit.’  Police say he’s responsible for crimes in parts of KELOLAND, too.

Also, we had several serious accidents over the weekend on South Dakota roads.  A man died in a head-on collision on I-229, a woman was killed in an accident near Madison when a boat trailer detached from a truck, and a man died in a car-motorcycle crash in northwestern South Dakota.

We’re following up on two of these accidents.  We’re hoping to learn more about how a boat trailer detached from a truck and hit another vehicle near Madison — and we’re also looking at the 28-year-old woman who police say drove the wrong way on I-229 Saturday causing a head-on collision.  She faces felony charges including vehicular homicide, vehicular battery, and DUI 3rd.

This morning, there was a little more discussion on sleepy drivers after another semi accident that happened over the weekend.  Highway Patrol says the driver fell asleep and woke up as the truck rolled.

It’s been six months since the earthquake in Haiti and we’re checking in with Kids Against Hunger to find out how much they’ve been able to help and what they’re doing now.

Morning Meeting: Flooding Roundup

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:11 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Because of the accident on I-90 yesterday, we’ve pushed back our plans on the earwig story. However, thank you for those who left comment on the last blog. We realize the interest in these bugs — mainly, how to get rid of them. It’s in the planner for today, so hopefully it all works out. On that note, we’re going to talk to those who enforce trucking rules. Authorities say the driver of the semi fell asleep

at the wheel, so we’ll look into truck driver regulations. We’re also looking at tired drivers. In addition to the truck vs. RV accident, police say a woman may have fallen asleep before her car crashed into a local business Wednesday. We’ve brought you the stories of flooding from all across the state over the past couple months, so now we want to check in on these areas for an update. Have a great weekend!

Morning Meeting: Earwigs & More

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:06 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Apparently there’s a lot of talk about a pesky insect known as the “earwig” — supposedly the population is at peak levels — and people just want to get rid of them. We pulled up some photos of the bug during the meeting and it was met by oohs and ahhs. Are you noticing more earwigs this summer?


Today we’re working on several stories including:

– We have a crew on the way to an accident that has closed I-90 near the Bridgewater exit. More details to come.

– We’re in

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– Keeping your pets safe from lawn chemicals. What may be helpful for your lawn can be dangerous to your pets.

– Mold has set in after recent flooding, so how do you get rid of it safely and effectively?

Morning Meeting: Dogs & Mosquitoes

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 8:47 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- Charges were dropped last week and we talked with Dan Christensen last night about the case after the Humane Society of the United States and Second Chance Rescue Center raided his farm nearly a year ago.  So where are his dogs now?  We’re looking for answers.

– More flooding in Lake Poinsett and we’re also in Florence where they received four inches of rain.  The town is dealing with sewage in their basements.

– The City of Sioux Falls has been spraying for mosquitoes, but they’re not going down without a fight.  We’re talking to the city about their efforts and checking in on mosquito numbers.

Morning Meeting: Troopers, Sleeping and Mosquitoes

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 9:00 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Things should be back to normal after a holiday weekend.  There are more faces in the newsroom, that’s for sure.

– We talked about more troopers on the highways over the holiday and are waiting on a final report on what their increased presence meant in terms of citations, etc.  On a related note, we’re curious whether the new-colored patrol cars mean they’re catching more speeders by surprise.  What do you think?

– There was quite a bit of discussion regarding a new study shows that students do better in certain areas when school starts a later in the morning.  We’re wondering if Sioux Falls middle schools have noticed this since they pushed back their start time for this year.

– A little bit on mosquitos and mosquito bites in today’s HealthBeat.  How do you treat mosquito bites?  Have you heard any mosquito myths?  Recent flooding seems to have made this area a haven for these guys to hang out.  Especially after a weekend of camping or spending time outside, a lot of you have probably been itching the past few days.

Morning Meeting: Focusing On Fireworks

Posted: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 9:29 am
By: Karen Sherman
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It’s a holiday at KELO, so the newsroom is pretty quiet today. Because it’s the morning after July 4th, much of the talk is about how everyone celebrated.

For most of us, it included fireworks. Some people set off their own, while others watched the big shows. Fireworks are the focus of a couple of the stories we are working on today.

  • Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says a garage fire late Sunday night was caused by fireworks. We’ll have more on how the fire started.
  • People shooting off their own fireworks don’t always clean up after themselves; we’ll take a look at the mess left behind.
  • And if you spent much time outside this weekend, chances are you have a mosquito bite or two. We’ll have more from Mitchell, where the mosquito numbers are finally dropping after an explosion of the biting bugs.